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Top 5 Best Places to Visit in Colwyn Bay

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Top 5 Best Places to Visit in Colwyn Bay

20 June 2024

It may be small, but Colwyn Bay is home to a wide selection of varied visitor attractions. While many of these attractions revolve around the coastal location, there are also a wealth of other great places to visit in Colwyn Bay including one of the region's best zoos, an award winning restaurant and unique local stores.


We’ve utilised our local knowledge to put together a list of what we consider to be the top 5 best places to visit in Colwyn Bay with something to appeal to all members of the family:


1. Welsh Mountain Zoo

Opened in 1963, Welsh Mountain Zoo has firmly established itself as one of the best attractions in Colwyn Bay. 


Having subsequently been expanded to cover over 37 acres, the zoo is now home to approximately 80 different species of animal made up of everything from penguins and chimps, to tigers and alligators. There is even a special children’s farm where your little ones can meet some of the smaller animals on-site which include rabbits and chickens.


You can also enjoy a number of informative sessions throughout the day arranged by the zoo keepers or watch the wonderful penguin parade which genuinely is a joy to behold. 


2. Eirias Park

Eirias Park has everything that you could ever ask for in a public park. Covering over 50 acres of parkland, Eirias Park provides tourists with a beautiful lakeside setting in which to enjoy a short stroll or take advantage of the many on-site leisure facilities which include an indoor swimming pool, fitness facility, floodlit synthetic football pitch and outdoor tennis court. 


In addition to providing fitness fanatics with everything they need to stay in shape, Eirias Park also plays host to numerous professional sporting events including regional rugby matches. In fact, Eirias Park is the official home of North Wales Rugby. 


If sport isn’t your thing then you can enjoy all manner of music events with the Eirias Park indoor arena having previously hosted concerts from the likes of Elton John & Tom Jones. Keep your eyes peeled on the Bryn Defaid Blog for news of upcoming events taking place at Eirias Park over the coming months.


3. Colwyn Bay Beach

North Wales may be awash with beaches but Colwyn Bay beach is arguably the best of them. It provides the perfect compromise, being less of a crowd puller than other nearby beaches on Anglesey yet still providing good quality waters, ample facilities and jaw dropping vistas.


It is the perfect beach for building sandcastles with the kids, going for a paddle in the waters or simply enjoying a spot of sunbathing during the summer months. However, it is also one of the watersports capitals of North Wales with Colwyn Bay beach attracting adrenaline junkies throughout the year who are keen to try their hand at activities such as jet skiing, kayaking and wild swimming.


4. Colwyn Bay Promenade

Conwy council has recently invested heavily into the regeneration of Colwyn Bay Promenade, ensuring that it is now finally a match for the towns beach. 


In fact, Conwy Promenade is now probably the best promenade in the region providing walkers and cyclists with plenty of space, beautiful scenery and some very forward thinking ideas which will hopefully set a template for other seaside towns to emulate. These features include plenty of quirky seating and benches along the path which will no doubt be appreciated by those who struggle to walk long distances. Some of these benches offer tourists USB charging points, perfect for those who are looking to get a little work done whilst soaking up the fun seaside vibe.


There are also plenty of kiosks interspersed along the promenade offering all manner of refreshments ranging from teas and coffees, to award winning ice creams and light bites. However, it is no doubt the award winning Bryn Williams restaurant that will prove the best the biggest attractions for foodies. Here you can enjoy the seaside views whilst sampling some of the finest cuisine available, all of which has been crafted using local produce. 


5. BayView Shopping Centre

The BayView Shopping Centre has been a mainstay of Colwyn Bay town centre for decades and it continues to be one of the area's most popular shopping hotspots to this very day. 


Situated approximately 4 miles away from Bryn Defaid Holiday Park, BayView shopping centre is the perfect place to head if you are looking to stock up on all of those foodie essentials so that you can make the most of the self catering facilities in your Colwyn Bay holiday home. Morrisons and discount chain Heron Foods are just a few of the food outlets available here.


However, there are plenty of stores of a less functional nature also available with the likes of Bonmarche, Darius Menswear and Bay View Gallery all worthy of a visit the next time you are in Colwyn Bay town centre.